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Programs

Stockton University (N.J.)

  • More than 200 girls from 21 middle schools in southern New Jersey explored science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshops in January at Stockton, as part of the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) Tween Tech. The AAUW and Stockton are committed to encouraging girls to explore science and technology, and consider careers in predominantly male fields such as engineering and computer science. Read more
  • The presidents of Stockton University and Atlantic Cape Community College signed an agreement last month for a partnership in hospitality studies. The collaboration is designed to benefit students of both institutions, as well as Atlantic City residents. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the Little Rock School District announced Trojan Pathway, a program to help make higher education more affordable and accessible. The Pathway agreement between UALR and the five Little Rock School District high schools sets clear, affordable direction for students to enter the university, and opens up resources to guide them through the process. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
Educators from the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) recently attended the Teach to Lead Teacher Preparation Summit in Washington, D.C. They were invited based on their proposal to create clinical rotations to prepare teacher candidates to serve diverse students. UCO was the only school invited from Oklahoma. The university will pilot its new clinical rotation initiative during the spring 2017 semester. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas Tech University
Representatives from the consulate of Mexico in Little Rock and representatives from Arkansas Tech University attended a memorandum of understanding signing in December that will result in more than $100,000 in scholarship funding for Arkansas Tech students of Mexican heritage in 2017. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno, received a major tool in the campaign to battle teacher shortages, with two grants totaling $498,266 from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The Integrated Program Grants has a special focus on expanding the number of teacher candidates earning STEM and bilingual credentials— the two most critical areas of need for teachers in California. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California faces a looming teacher shortage, and in particular, a deficit in the number of men interested in working in elementary education. To help alleviate the problem, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded California State University, Northridge, a $385,651 three-year grant for a teacher preparation project aimed at increasing the number of men—especially African-Americans, Asians and Latinos—working in elementary education. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
The Dr. Stephen Luzader Physics Scholarship was recently established by Frostburg professors Hang Deng-Luzader, his widow, and Eric Moore, a former student. Gifts have arrived from donors who came to know Luzader through his service to the American Association of Physics Teachers and community organizations. Read more

Stanislaus State (Calif.)

  • The Stanislaus California Faculty Association (CFA) chapter has stepped forward with a donation of $35,000 to the Stan State CFA Campus Cares Fund. Campus Cares seeks to ensure that no student goes hungry and that students can focus their energies on learning. Read more
  • The Francis Sarguis Modern Assyrian Collection was unveiled at the Vasche Library on December 14. The 241-title collection is likely the first of its kind in California. The collection will continue to grow, as will Stanislaus State's efforts to create curriculum, and degree and certificate programs in Assyrian studies. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
While funding challenges are forcing many institutions across the country to either scale back or consider cuts to liberal arts programming, Slippery Rock University's Humanities Ladder program will soon receive an infusion of capital courtesy of a $100,000 Humanities Access Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
A new cultural exchange program with European University Cyprus (EUC) in Egypt will enable Stockton University students to be immersed in another culture while teaching English. Stockton graduate Ciara Barrick, past winner of a Fulbright to teach English at EUC, earned a Fulbright Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund award to set up the exchange for students from the universities in Galloway, N.J., and Cyprus. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
In concert with the 40th anniversary of Tarleton State’s nursing program, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Charles Leigon has deeded farmland—expected to be worth more than $500,000—to provide financial assistance for students. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • An upcoming virtual exhibit by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture will showcase the history of the women’s suffrage movement in Arkansas. A $6,440 grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council is supporting the exhibit. Read more
  • Former friends and colleagues will honor the memory of Arkansas construction industry leader Michael Allen Lasiter by donating $60,000 toward helping future civil and construction engineering students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Eastern Connecticut State University
Elizabeth Cowles, a biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the new president-elect of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). The NABT is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to supporting life science teacher development. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Michael Hood, dean of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania College of Fine Arts, veteran theater artist and educator, was recently elected president of the National Theatre Conference (NTC) for a two-year term. The NTC is an organization dedicated to connecting, supporting and advocating for America’s theaters. Read more

James Madison University (Va.)
Caroline P. Lubert, a professor of mathematics and statistics, and Theresa B. Clarke, a professor of marketing, were among 12 recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Award presented by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and Dominion Resources. The Outstanding Faulty Awards recognize superior accomplishments in teaching, research and public service at Virginia’s institutions of higher learning. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
A documentary executive- and co-produced by Millersville University’s Changfu Chang was recently nominated for two major film festivals. The communications and theater professor’s film, The Confucian Village, chronicles the lives of a branch of Confucian descendants. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Pittsburg State University’s Stephen Horner has been recognized for excellence in education in the field of management. Horner, associate professor of management and marketing, was selected to receive an Outstanding Educator Award from the Federation of Business Disciplines. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Chancellor Emeritus Joel Anderson was saluted for his outstanding civic work in the Little Rock community. Anderson was awarded the William F. Rector Memorial Award for Distinguished Civic Achievement. Read more

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Spotlight

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Students in several business classes at Black Hills State University presented their research projects to the community groups they had worked with throughout the semester. Students in the marketing and retail management business courses taught by Wei Song worked with two potential new businesses, along with the Western Hills Humane Society, Spearfish Martial Arts and Deadwood History, Inc. Read more
  • Students from Black Hills State University recently returned from Botswana in southern Africa, where they had worked to empower and inspire local children through an International Service Learning Program. The group of 17 students facilitated people skills and leadership education sessions for 250 teenagers. Read more
  • Students in the Student Support Services Program (SSS) at Black Hills State University (BHSU) are meeting and exceeding graduation rates and academic objectives, as outlined in a recent report submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. BHSU SSS received a perfect score on their performance report, which included data that nearly 90 percent of students involved in the program are in good academic standing and 85 percent of students persist from one academic year to the next. Read more
  • Photos taken by two Black Hills State University (BHSU) student photographers during an International Service Learning visit to the Philippines are on display at the Jacket Zone bookstore in downtown Spearfish, S.D. The gallery includes poignant images of BHSU students interacting with children on the island of Cebu, a province of the Philippines. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education announced that Plus-Plus, a toy made by a Danish company, has been named the 2016 TIMPANI (Toys That Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination) Toy. The annual toy study, now in its eighth year, investigates how young children play with a variety of toys in natural settings. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Last month, Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre, including 250 student and alumni volunteers, coordinated the annual Storybook Holiday in downtown Frostburg around a winter-themed book, with visits from authors and illustrators. Dozens of businesses and 700 children and their families joined the fun. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Bob Lehr, who graduated with a degree in elementary education from Millersville University in 1957, spent almost a year carving a 6-foot-tall statue weighing 550 pounds for the athletic recruiting office. Read more
  • Alexandra Jean-Paul, a junior majoring in sociology, has been appointed the new student advisor to Millersville Borough. She will hold the position for 12 months or until she graduates. Read more
  • Robert Spicer, assistant professor of communications and theatre at Millersville and academic advisor for the university’s student newspaper, believes we need to integrate information literacy or media literacy into college, and even beginning in elementary classrooms. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University

  • The Missouri Broadcasters Association will bring the Radio Talent Institute to Northwest Missouri State University. The Institute is a 10-day radio immersion program bringing talented broadcasting students together with more than 30 broadcast professionals for on-air training in music radio, news and sports, as well as digital and social media, production, promotion, sales and more. Read more
  • Fifty-six fifth graders from Fairmount Elementary School, with their teachers, principal and chaperones, recently spent a day attending Northwest Missouri State University classes, touring the campus, interacting with university students and learning about college life. Read more
  • Faculty and students representing Northwest’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems facilitated the Hour of Code annual program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The initiative aims to help students see computer science as a fun and creative field that is accessible to all ages. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
A trio of Slippery Rock University biology majors, Jennifer Bauer, Gabby Gette and Erica Signor, identified 11 species of lichens previously unknown to grow in western Pennsylvania. Of that group, several are new to northwestern Pennsylvania. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • The unique collaboration between Southeast Missouri State senior Cody Cole and Kenneth Stilson, chair of The Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, took center stage in New York last month. “An American Hero,” the musical that they co-wrote and produced was included in the Gallery Players’ Overtures Staged Reading Series in Brooklyn. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University senior cybersecurity major JoLynn Hallmark graduated at the winter commencement ceremony with the distinction of having been the only female member and captain of Southeast’s 2016 Cyber Defense Team. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University’s College of Education participated in The White House and the U.S. Department of Education December Innovators’ Summit in Washington, D.C. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Four University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojan athletic programs achieved a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 100, and the Trojan’s department GSR score was the highest among any Division I institution in Arkansas for the sixth time in the last seven years. Read more
  • Leah Thorvilson, director of development and external relations for the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, earned a professional cycling contract after taking part in a talent search for female cyclists. Read more
  • Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock students are giving back through a campus organization that has added hundreds of new participants to the Be The Match registry, a global bone marrow registry operated by the National Marrow Donor Program. Read more
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock University (UALR) District has been named a 2016 Blossoming Community in recognition of the district’s efforts to promote health and wellness in partnership with the UALR School of Counseling, Human Performance and Rehabilitation. Read more

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida (UCF) reached a milestone recently when it inaugurated its first sanctioned international alumni chapter, which will be hosted by students and scholars in Saudi Arabia. Chapter members plan to meet to discuss opportunities for partnerships and cooperation with the university. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma’s (UCO) College of Business sales team recently placed sixth at the 10th annual National Sales Challenge, hosted by the Russ Berrie Institute for Professional Sales at William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J. The team consisted of Ryan Loghry, a senior professional selling major, and Long Ha, a senior marketing major. UCO assistant professor of marketing, Manoshi Samaraweera, accompanied the team. Read more

University of North Georgia

  • University of North Georgia (UNG) information systems student Andrew Miller and computer science professor Bryson Payne were presented with the Best Paper Award at the annual Conference on Cybersecurity Education, Research and Practice (CCERP). As one of the oldest information security conferences in the south, CCERP allowed Miller to network with industry leaders and explore careers in health information technology. Read more
  • Dezmone Valentine, a senior majoring in middle-grades education at UNG, has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad during spring 2017. Valentine will spend three months working in a middle school, including six weeks as a full-time teacher, in Valencia, Spain. Read more
  • Eight cadets from the University of North Georgia have been ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation, among more than 5,000 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) cadets assessed by U.S. Army Cadet Command. Cadets are ranked on the national Order of Merit List (OML) by achieving superior grade point averages, strong performance in the Army physical fitness test and proving their worth as exceptional leaders in their college ROTC training. Read more

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